At this meeting, a multidisciplinary faculty of top experts will provide state of the art lectures on current and emerging treatments for early rectal cancer.You will learn about less aggressive treatments and stoma avoidance, with a focus on papillon radiotherapy, get updates on clinical trials, hear a patient perspective as part of the main programme, and will be able to discuss individual cases with national and international experts.This event will educate, inform and influence professionals caring for patients with rectal cancer on the newer options available for the treatment of early tumours, taking into account patient perspectives and the provision of specialist services in the UK and abroad. Author Mark Davis will share his experience as a patient and a multidisciplinary audience will be part of panel discussions on the topics. Topics include:To inform the audience about the current status of “Watch and Wait” strategy after (chemo) radiotherapy for early rectal cancer – both in the UK and world wide.To educate multidisciplinary team members including (but not exclusively) surgeons, oncologists, cancer nurses, pathologists and radiologists about the possibility of rectal preservation and stoma avoidance when treating early rectal cancer.To gain the patient perspective on this difficult area of decision making in cancer practice.To understand the influence of the Bowel Screening services on downward stage migration leading to increased diagnosis of earlier rectal cancer, and hence the need for less aggressive treatments.